Motorcyclists have a lot to contend with when they head out on their bikes. In addition to always being on the lookout for inattentive drivers, they also may have to ride on roads that aren’t always well-maintained. In fact, road defects, hazards, and debris that are often little more than minor annoyances for drivers in cars, trucks, and SUVs can cause serious accidents for motorcyclists.
It’s important to both understand the most common road hazards and know how to avoid them when you’re riding. At Skolrood Law Firm, our Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys have seen many cases where riders were injured because of poor road conditions—especially these three common hazards:
- Potholes – Potholes can range from small divots in roadways to large gashes in asphalt that can heavily damage and even total large passenger vehicles. They can be deadly for motorcyclists, as they can cause riders to be thrown from their bikes.
- Gravel – Gravel can form when roadways begin to break down over time, but it’s also used on some rural roads. While it’s suitable for driving over in passenger vehicles, it can cause motorcycle tires to slip, resulting in accidents.
- Slick asphalt – Modern passenger vehicles have tires that are designed to grip in a variety of conditions, and with four wheels making contact with the ground, it’s harder to lose control. But motorcycle tires are small and have less traction, and with only two wheels, slick conditions can cause riders to lose control.
Watching out for road hazards can reduce your risk of a crash, but it can’t eliminate it completely—especially when other drivers are negligent. If you were hurt by a careless driver, we want to help. Call today for a free consultation.